Chien-Ming Wang doing no wrong for Blue Jays

Chien-Ming Wang beat the Orioles yesterday to improve to 2-0 since being picked up by the Blue...

Chien-Ming Wang beat the Orioles yesterday to improve to 2-0 since being picked up by the Blue Jays. He hasn't allowed an earned run in two starts. (REUTERS)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

TORONTO - Chien-Ming Wang doesn’t speak much English. Mostly, he has let his pitching talk for him.

Wang has become front-page news again back in Taiwan.

A contingent of national media emerges to chronicle his every start and cameras follow him everywhere.

But, all the Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons care about is that he has helped solidify an injury-ravaged rotation.

“He shut down a good hitting team,” Gibbons said Saturday after Wang strung together 61/3 innings, scattering four hits, to run his record to 2-0 since joining Toronto on June 11. “I know he feels good, he’s a part of it now. He’s given us a big boost, that’s for sure.”

Wang’s signing sent ripples of excitement through Taiwan.

In Toronto it raised a few eyebrows, but probably not a lot of hopes. While he twice won 19 games with the Yankees in the 1990s, a foot injury had left him with just seven wins since then in the majors. The Yankees signed him to a minor league deal this year but, even with their own pitching issues, decided to release him so he could sign in Toronto.

In three starts with Toronto he has been a revelation. He has now gone two starts without allowing an earned run. When Baltimore got an unearned run in the fifth it snapped Wang’s scoreless streak at 141/3 innings — the longest by a Toronto starter all season.

“Happy,” said Wang of his resurrection.

Last year, he had a 6.68 ERA in Washington. In Toronto he’s now 2-0, with an ERA of 2.18 and the team hasn’t lost since he got here.

So why the sudden success?

“Just don’t think too much,” he said, grinning. “Before every pitch I want to be perfect.”


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